Global Health Gap Year
Our Global Health Gap Year calls those whose hearts beat to see communities thriving – physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Global Health Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / development industry, and for those who simply have a heart to pursue missions in the healthcare context.
Whatever your journey might be, this is not your average gap year experience! The Global Health Gap Year is about meeting real needs, bringing hope, and seeing your life transformed in the process.
How it all works
Step 1: Build your foundations
The first five months of your journey will begin in sunny Townsville, Australia where you will do a global health and development focused YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). During the first half of the course, you will learn about different topics each week from experienced speakers.
- The Nature and Character of God
- Hearing God’s Voice
- Biblical Worldview
- Living a Missional Life
In addition to receiving transformational discipleship and strong biblical teaching, you will have the opportunity to get a taste of some elements of global health and development from interactive sessions with trainers actively engaged in our work in Papua New Guinea and Australia. This is designed to fuel your understanding on what it means to transform a community while preparing you for your DTS outreach.
The DTS includes 13 weeks of lectures and nine weeks of outreach in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea.
Step 2: Dive in deep into healthcare missions
During the next 22 weeks of your gap year, you will complete our Introduction to Global Health and Development School. You will be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.
Your course will start at our campus in Townsville, Australia where you will undergo 12 weeks of training and 10 weeks of outreach with hands on experience in Papua New Guinea. A short portion of your outreach may also be in Australia.
Dates and Cost
26 January 2020 – 11 December 2020
12 July 2020 – 2 July 2021
Course fee: $9,490 AUD*
Outreach travel expenses: $4,000 – $5,800 AUD
Your fees include all of the training you will receive during the DTS and Introduction to Global Health and Development and 19 weeks of outreach during your DTS and the Introduction to Global Health and Development. Your training includes all your meals, accommodation, free wifi, laundry facilities, transport, an Australian wildlife experience (meet a koala and feed kangaroos!), and use of our campus facilities including library, computers, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard, and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants, and shops.
Your outreach includes all of your meals, flights, accommodation, transport, t-shirt, any extra visas, insurance, and field supplies.
*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, food or accommodation between courses, visa, health insurance and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad during your DTS.
Discipleship Training School
Topic 1 – Develop relationship with God
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully respond to the truth that God makes Himself known to all people and to God’s grace in initiating relationship. It requires the ability to gain life-changing understanding of who God is and how He communicates through the Bible, prayer, and worship in order to adjust beliefs and behaviours.
Topic 2 – Develop Christin Character
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make responsible decisions that bring joy to God and glorify Him in response to God’s holiness, lordship and love. It requires the ability to live in right relationship with God and others. It also requires the ability to recognise Jesus’ authority and respond in surrender and dependence in all areas of life.
Topic 3 – Contribute to a Youth With a Mission community
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully contribute to an international, apostolic missions community of Youth With A Mission. It requires the ability to understand Youth With A Mission’s purpose, beliefs and values to make a positive contribution to the community. It also requires the ability to live in right relationship with God, authorities and others.
Topic 4 – Practice spiritual authority
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to exercise the authority every believer has to make a significant contribution for spiritual breakthrough. It requires the ability to walk in spiritual authority through intercession, worship and strategic prayer. It also requires the ability to recognise the activity and influence of Satan and the authority given to every believer through Jesus Christ.
Topic 5 – Contribute to evangelism
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully proclaim the truth that God pursues the lost and desires all to be saved through Jesus Christ. It requires the ability to communicate God’s truth in a way that demonstrates His character. It also requires the ability to show God’s love through acts of compassion.
Topic 6 – Participate in a Christian mission outreach team
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make a meaningful contribution towards the completion of the Great Commission through serving in a Christian missions team. It requires the ability to engage in the preparation of and participation in team activities in a variety of settings. It also requires the ability to adjust to another culture and review outreach activities.
The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.
* for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.
Introduction to Global Health and Development
Unit 1 – Communicate and work in health or community services
The skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers
Topic 2 – Work with diverse people
The skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Topic 3 – Recognise healthy body systems
The skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body.
Topic 4 – Provide advanced first aid
The skills and knowledge required to provide an advanced first aid response, including management of the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance.
Topic 5 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
The skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.
Topic 6 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care
The skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.
Topic 7 – Confirm physical health status
The skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.
Topic 8 – Provide first aid in remote situations
The skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response and emergency life support to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation.
Topic 9 – Take clinical measurements
The skills and knowledge required to prepare for, obtain and record simple clinical measurements.
Topic 10 – Assist clients with medication
The skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication.
Topic 11 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
The skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.
Topic 12 – Contribute to Christian missions team activities
The skills and knowledge required to demonstrate the character of God through life and missions. It requires the ability to have a growing relationship with God that is reflected in relationship with others.
Topic 13 – Implement community development strategies
The skills and knowledge required to work with individuals, groups and the community to identify issues and develop cooperative processes to facilitate change.
Applicants need to have graduated High School or equivalent and has a sense of call to Christian Missions.
You will be required to meet the english proficiency requirements for your visa. Chat to your registrar about the requirements needed.